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Your Take: What Would You Never Buy Used?

Posted By Jim On 07/02/2010 @ 8:54 am In Your Take | 37 Comments

What’s the easiest way to save money on your purchases? Buy it used. I picked up golf this year and when it came time to buy new (to me) equipment, I relied on Craigslist and the used section of the local Golf Galaxy. Golf is a difficult enough sport, the last thing I needed to do was make it both difficult and expensive. So I purchased my irons used and my hybrids used. My driver and putter I purchased brand new because they were running a ridiculous “wholesale price” sale from a website online, but a driver at $130 (TaylorMade Burner) and a putter at $55 (Odyssey) made for great deals.

Then you have the classic “used vs new” battle over cars. That’s a debate that has raged on for eons and predates the car itself! (should buy a used or new horse? OK just kidding mostly) Some argue that buying used means you are buying the abuses of the previous owner. Some argue that buying used means you save a lot of money, enough to pay for the abuses of the previous owner.

But there are some things you should never buy used. These are things that 99% of the population would agree on. That’s not to say people won’t buy these things used, sometimes you don’t a choice, you do what you need to in order to survive. Top on my list? Mattresses. Used mattresses, for a variety of reasons, are often terrible purchases. Mattresses, like shoes, mold to the body of the people who use them so you won’t be able to get a good night’s rest. If you want to save money, buy the frame used and the mattress new.

What would you never buy used?

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